In NCR - nice! Fun article on what sounds like a very fun evening. I knew, of course, that Scalia was "one of our own," but didn't guess he'd be quite that candid... It's also pleasant to see a genuine conservative who's not a libertarian (I'm thinking primarily of the bit where he talks about how Catholicism regards government as more than just a necessary evil).One thing I wasn't clear about: should I assume that for Scalia there are only two good reasons for Church-state separation, namely 300+ religions + decline-in-religiosity? In other words, would Scalia support non-separation in a religiously fervent France—or did he not specify?
You know, someone else asked me a similar question in a different way--along the lines of "What would Scalia say to having a confessional state?" My (perhaps a little thoughtless) answer was "He wouldn't say anything!" I'm sure he HAS a personal philosophy on the matter, but he's always (and rightly, given his office) kept it private.If I had to read his mind ... Oh, just ask me about it sometime! I almost answered the question on FB, and I could try to answer here; but if I'm wrong it would be pointless to speculate, and if I'm right it would be irresponsible. (Unless I were entirely Cassandric--which is not the case, worse luck!)